The organizers of Big Brother Naija, BBNaija on Saturday, July 4, have announced that at least 30,000 Nigerian youths have applied for the fifth edition of 2020 BBNaija.
The organizers, MultiChoice Nigeria, made the disclosure on Saturday.
They were, however, silent on the number of housemates that will enter the BBNaija house in 2020.
Currently, those who made the final cut are in quarantine to ensure they are not exposed to Coronavirus infection.
The Season 4 edition in 2019 featured a total of 26 participants.
They were Mercy, Mike, Frodd, Omashola, Seyi, Diane, Ike, Elozonam, Cindy, Tacha, Khafi, Venita, Sir Dee, Esther, Gedoni, Jackye, Joe, Enkay, Jeff, Nelson, Thelma, Tuoyo, Kim Oprah, Ella, Avala and Isilomo.
Chief Customer Officer, Martin Mabutho, revealed that the BBNaija prize money this year will be “the highest ever in the history of the show”.
Last year, the winner Mercy Eke, went home with N30 million prize money.
Martin added that BBNaija will continue to provide “quality entertainment and value for the audience while exporting Nigerian culture to the world”.
Meanwhile, the organizers said the qualified contestants for the 2020 edition of the reality show are being quarantined in an unknown facility ahead of the July 19 kick-off.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, the Regional Director of M-Net West Africa disclosed this during a media parley via zoom.
Mba-Uzoukwu said “the contestants are currently in quarantine and we are working with the NCDC to ensure due protocols are observed in monitoring the contestants.
“This is aside going through other health and regular medical checkups to be sure all contestants are fit and ready for the show.
In the case of contestants not fit for the show, we have a wide pool of qualified contestants that we can choose from,” Mba-Uzoukwu stated.
Ahead of the reality TV show, the organisers, Multichoice Nigeria, made known some of the changes that will be occurring in the show’s fifth edition.
Mba-Uzoukwu said there would be no audience for live shows that include the opening night and eviction shows.
She said live audiences won’t be allowed to participate in the live shows as previously done.
Ma-Uzoukwu said this is in line with the guidelines of the social distancing and other procedures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In furtherance, Mba-Uzoukwu said the number of ninjas used on the show will be reduced while celebrity guests won’t be allowed throughout the show.
“We are encouraging the audience to stay at home and enjoy maximum entertainment as we roll out season 5 of BBNaija.
It promises to be fun, entertaining, and interesting. BBNaija encourages people and the audience to stay at home and watch,” Mba-Uzoukwu stressed.
The BBNaija season 5 is expected to run for three months from Sunday, July 19.